Help Kirkland keep streets clear of leaves and protect yourself from flooding
Adopt a Storm Drain and Receive a Reusable Yard Waste Bag!
Adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood!
Sign a simple agreement and receive a free reusable yard waste bag. Download the agreement (PDF) and return it to Public Works.
For more information, call Public Works at (425) 587-3800.
Why should I clean storm drains?
Clean storm drains help prevent localized flooding. City crews work to keep storm drains clear, but with over 12,000 drains in Kirkland, we could use your help! With your assistance, we can keep streets safe and clear and can reduce property damage caused by flooding.
What is a storm drain?
Storm drains are rectangular grates with slats and are normally near the edge of the street. These grates collect water which then flows to the nearest stream or lake.
What should I do with all of the leaves?
- Check storm drain grates frequently to make sure they are free of leaves and debris.
- Do not remove the grate from the storm drain opening - this does not unclog the system and creates a hazard for everyone.
- Rake leaves away from storm drains near your house or business. (Do not rake or blow leaves from your property into the street. Our street sweeper can not pick up large piles of leaves. It is also a violation of Kirkland Municipal Code and could result in warnings or even a fine.)
- Dispose of leaves in your yard waste container or compost bin. You may also occasionally set out extra yard waste bags (e.g. Kraft bags or reusable bags) of leaves at no cost.*
*If you have a lot of yard waste, additional carts are available. Please contact Waste Management or call them at (800) 592-9995 for rental and collection rates.
If flooding is severe and you are unable to clear the drain, please call us at (425) 587-3900.
What else can I do?
To learn more about ways that you can protect your home or business from flooding, see Managing Drainage Around Your Property or call the Kirkland Public Works Department at (425) 587-3800.